After three years of development and testing, testing and more testing, Windows 7 is officially here.
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Windows 7 Launch
Launch day is here as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially lifted the curtain the new OS at a release party in New York
"Today I get to say not only that I'm Steve Ballmer and I'm a PC," he said. "but that I'm Steve Ballmer and I'm a Windows 7 PC, effective immediately."
Launch events were also scheduled to take place in Redmond, Tokyo and Munich, along with smaller Windows 7 parties being held all over the country. If you missed out on your own personal Windows 7 Launch Party Kit, here's what you missed
Windows 7 Retails Sales
We already know preorder sales have been through the roof, setting records at Amazon
and other online retailers. In fact, Windows 7 is already more popular than Harry Potter if you can believe that one.
Some retailers even opened at midnight
to give customers a head start on the installation process.
While Windows 7's sales appear to be going strong in the U.S. and even oversees in the UK
, the OS is running into some retail issues in India, where off-the-shelf-packages of the OS are caught in a dispute
with the country's customs department over the interpretation of taxes.
Different Windows 7 Versions
There are three main editions of Windows 7, which has caused some confusion in the community about which edition is best for them.
The three editions are Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Here is Microsoft's comparison of the three editions
, with Windows 7 Ultimate offering the most features.
There is also the Windows 7 Starter edition
, which is geared toward small notebook PCs - stripping out some of the options that require a lot of resources.
Windows 7 Discounts
So the above links also spell out the suggested retail prices for the different editions of Windows 7: Home Premium ($119.99), Professional ($199.99) and Ultimate ($219.99).
Now the question being asked is, "Where can I get the best deal?" Well, if you bought a qualifying PC with Vista or a copy of the Vista OS, you may have qualified for a free (or at least cheaper) upgrade. Check participating manufacturers on the Windows 7 upgrade page
. There's also a 7 days of Windows 7
campaign on the Microsoft site.
Other legal ways to get Windows 7 for less (if you qualify), include going with the Family Pack
Windows 7 Themes
After you've spent your day downloading Windows 7 and checking out the new features, personalize your laptop or PC with one of the many desktop themes
Microsoft offers. Featured themes include a variety of subjects like high-end automobiles, movies and cartoons, while international themes are scenic portraits from all over the world.
If you don't see one you like, Microsoft gives step-by-step instructions
on how to create your own theme.
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